• Had a moment and bought the boys a cheap looper pedal. I don’t regret it yet.

  • I have opinions on the Honours system. My opinions are conflicting and not completely internally consistent. Yes, the basic premise of the whole thing sucks (we, the powerful, choose to honour you, the not-powerful), and the trappings of Empire that the whole thing is wrapped up in are terrible.

    But leaving as absurd the perennial abuse of the whole idea by the Oxford PPEs who want to scratch the backs of their buddies, that leaves the communities who use it as a way to publicly thank the nurse, the librarian, the social worker, the doctor, the young fundraiser or activist, the person making the world better for those around them, and then to see that thanks broadcast nationally.

    More power to the celebrities and others who turn the things down, but please don’t let that detract from the communities who choose to thank and honour their own, even in a broken, archaic, iniquitous system.

    And yes, we should find a better way of doing this.

  • 🎧 When both boys have new guitars 😱

  • I’ve been to the cinema twice this weekend. Of the two films I’ve seen, wouldn’t you know, the one written and directed by Rian Johnson is by far the better.

    Knives Out is a real treat. You should watch it. 🎬

  • Just a handful of days left in 2019, and I’m only now discovering John Mayer’s version of Bold as Love 😮😎🤯

  • Having been shopping for my sons’ Christmas gifts, it seems that these days you can get a whole lot of guitar for not that much money—much more so than the last time I shopped seriously for an instrument.

    I’ve just about managed to not buy myself something, too. Just about.

  • Turns out that if I put a # character in a title, it confuses the crap out of Jekyll and mistitles the blog post 👍

  • Campaign for it to be customary for the owner of the trees to come and rake the leaves that fall in my back garden.

  • Thinking about how Have I Got News For You still sets the standard for empty-chairing a politician. But also thinking about how the same show sold us Johnson as a harmless joke.

  • Uncomfortable as I may feel about the occasion, the firework show in Roundhay Park doesn’t disappoint.

  • Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon was fantastic. Laugh out loud the whole way through, with a pleasingly high frequency of neat SF references. And you should stay to the very end 😎

  • All dressed up and ready to go for the indoor season.

  • Having to open the hex editor is rarely a good start to the day.

  • Huh. One of the “other Marks who occasionally (unintentionally?) use my email address” has signed up to Tinder. There’s a world that I’ve never been a part of.

  • Did iTunes break “Play Later”? It now seems to do the same as “Play Next” 😞

  • Gee. Thanks, iTunes.

  • “Use your administrator privileges to merge this pull request”

    Click.

  • I recently learned of (can’t remember from where, sorry) Nick Cave’s Red Hand Files, an email newsletter where he answers questions people send him.

    The answers are often wise, and are always thoughtful and beautiful. I recommend subscribing.

  • Email: “Your Hue Bridge has been reset to factory defaults and removed from your account.”

    No hint as to why or how. That’s nice.

  • 🎵 Getting round to giving the new Taylor Swift a listen. That is some poppy loveliness.

  • Having a little “Good grief, Kid A was nineteen years ago” moment.

  • Experiencing Worldcon FOMO 😞

  • Just catching up that Automattic is buying Tumblr. That’s an interesting development.

  • Five boys on holiday, aged eight to thirteen. The thirteen year-old loves D&D. They’re now all out in the garden having independently come up with LARPing ⚔️🛡

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